BANDITS REPS: The Ipswich Musketeers will welcome back Andrew Campbell (pictured) and Wade Dutton after this weekend's ABL Championships Series.
BANDITS REPS: The Ipswich Musketeers will welcome back Andrew Campbell (pictured) and Wade Dutton after this weekend's ABL Championships Series. David Nielsen

Every game counts as finals loom for Muskets

WITH finals fast-approaching, the Ipswich Musketeers are treating each week as a must-win.

After two tough weeks against the Major A League competition leaders, Windsor and Redcliffe, the Musketeers return home tonight to take on the Redlands Rays.

Redlands have struggled so far this season, winning only six of their 30 games to sit in seventh place on the Brisbane competition ladder.

With both teams missing a few players to the Brisbane Bandits this weekend, Ipswich Musketeers president Jon Campbell said the Rays would be under-strength.

"I think we'd feel pretty confident going in and these are the teams we should be beating by two,” Campbell said. "They are a young side and they have lost a couple of their senior players.

"Connor MacDonald and Aaron Whitefield have gone up to the Bandits and they probably need those guys more than we need Andrew (Campbell) and Wade (Dutton).”

The Ipswich duo were part of the Brisbane Bandits side that hosted the visiting Taiwanese national side on Tuesday night.

Despite the visitors getting the final win, Campbell said it had been a strong showing by a number of young Brisbane players who were elevated to the side.

"Wade played six innings and I think Andrew played the whole game,” he said. "It was Taiwan's first time in Australia and they looked pretty good. Their pitching was good and I think they would have held their own against a full-strength Bandits side.

"We had a couple of development players and a mixture of veterans and they only beat us by one in the end. It was good to watch and now they're talking about bringing some Asian teams into the ABL next year.”

Dutton and Campbell will contest the ABL Championship Series this weekend against Melbourne.

Tonight: Ipswich Musketeers v Redlands Rays from 7.30pm at Tivoli.

Sunday: Ipswich Musketeers v Redlands Rays from 1.30pm at Tivoli.